The Doctor of Occupational Therapy program launched in summer 2020 (replacing our highly-respected master's degree program) to better serve the needs of our students as the profession continues to move forward, meeting the health care needs of the future. Our top-tier faculty and unmatched clinical experiences offer excellent preparation for your career after graduation.
We plan to welcome our first cohort in the new Occupational Therapy Assistant bachelor's degree program in spring 2022. This degree prepares you for a rewarding career as an OTA and puts you in the classroom and clinics with our excellent OT faculty.
The Department of Occupational Therapy was the first non-teacher education program at Western Michigan University and will celebrate its 100 year anniversary in 2022.
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The Interprofessional Peer Education and Evidence for Recovery program provides training in behavioral health best practices for social work and occupational therapy students completing their fieldwork. Students placed in a qualifying site are eligible for a $10,000 stipend.
The Michigan Youth Prevention and Recovery from Opioid Use Disorders program provides training in treatment approaches for children and youths at risk of experiencing opioid or other substance use disorders. Students placed in a qualifying site are eligible for a $10,000 stipend.
Accreditation of OT programs is granted by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). Our entry-level doctoral degree program has applied for accreditation and has been granted Candidacy Status by ACOTE. Click here for complete accreditation information.